Birman Advantage and Challenges
Birman Physical Characteristics
Known for centuries as the Sacred Cat of Burma, the Birman is one of the most mysterious and ancient cat breeds in the world. The Birman’s arresting Siamese-like colorpoint pattern combined with its long silky fur, brilliant blue eyes and pure white gloves (not to mention its sweet and loving temperament), make the Birman one of the most popular in America.
Birman History and General Information
History and Origin
Its true origin is shrouded in mystery; few breeds enjoy a reputation as rare and mystical as that of the Birman. Possibly originating in Burmaor ancient Thailand, the Birman cat was once considered sacred, the temple companion of the Kittah priests. Legend tells how the Birman developed the distinctive coloration it possesses today:
For a longhaired breed, the Birman is relatively easy to groom. Daily brushing or combing is usually not needed, so the Birman is a good choice for folks who love longhaired cats but have limited grooming time. Combing with a sturdy steel cat comb once or twice a week is usually enough.Unlike the Persian’s coat, a Birman’s coat has no fine downy undercoat and therefore is not prone to matting. During the Birman’s seasonal shedding, it’s a good idea to increase grooming frequency to keep loose hair under control.
The Birman is generally a healthy, sturdy breed with few genetic problems. Selecting a qualified breeder or buying from a reputable pet store will help ensure that your Birman will be free of hereditary purebred ailments. Maintaining your Birman’s proper weight and grooming requirements will also help insure its good health, along with regular checkups at the vet.
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